I’m so excited, you guys! There are a million kids in my yard poking at each other with sticks, my shoulders are sunburned and I just mowed the lawn for the third time this year. I realize that, on face value, none of that stuff seems all that amazing but the thing is none of that stuff happens in winter and not winter is my absolute favorite season. Plus, a million kids in the yard is so much better than a million kids in my basement, even if they are jabbing at each other with potential eyeball skewers.
I suffer from a pretty severe case of self diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s actually the fact that it’s self diagnosed that makes it so severe because, as all of you fellow self diagnosers out there probably already know, doctor diagnosed illnesses and disorders can generally be treated with therapy or medicine or the like, whereas self diagnosed problems are always incurable and deadly.
Regardless of the diagnosis’ legitimacy, the fact is that winter makes me sad and spring makes me happy. Absurdly happy. Maybe even inappropriately happy. You know that person you see wondering around by themselves smiling auspiciously even when there doesn’t seem to be anything to smile about? The shifty, unbalanced looking one that you avoid making eye contact with and hope she doesn’t talk to you? Well, that was probably me and you probably missed a really interesting conversation about kids poking each other with sticks and self diagnosed illnesses. A conversation that probably would have ended with you smiling politely and inching your way in the opposite direction.
Tilapia Tacos with Mango and Avocado Salsa are the embodiment of my unduly cheerful springtime mood. Not in the making strangers feel uncomfortable kind of way but in the fresh, light, happy kind of way.
These tacos are so quick and easy to throw together and are full of fresh and bold flavors that I just can’t seem to get enough of this time of year. The salsa is completely customizable because it’s salsa and I’m pretty sure salsa is Spanish for anything goes so add more or less of whatever you like to suit your tastes. If you don’t have mangoes, about a cup and a half of diced pineapple makes an excellent substitute and, if you aren’t a big fan of fish, the tilapia can be swapped out for basically any other kind of meat.